Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher {Book Review}

~ Description 
Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family's rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans, but then she never had to. Not until the night when she's taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. During her captivity, Betsy faces brutality and hardship, but also unexpected kindness. She draws strength from native Caleb, who encourages her to find God in all circumstances. She finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the intense new feelings this compelling man awakens within her. 

Handsome and complex, Hans is greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity and turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. Eagerly, Tessa responds, overlooking troubling signs of Hans's hunger for revenge. When Betsy is finally restored to the Amish, have things gone too far between Hans and Tessa? 

Inspired by true events, this deeply layered novel gives a glimpse into the tumultuous days of prerevolutionary Pennsylvania through the eyes of two young, determined, and faith-filled women. 

~ My Rating
5 stars

~ My Review

A beautifully and intricately woven tale of love and loss, faith and freedom. Once The Return tugged me into the storyline, I was hard-pressed to leave. Originally, I'd worried that I wouldn't like this book as much as the first two since it skipped 25 years, but I need not have worried. I had only read 70 or so pages when I sat down with the book this morning, and I finished it today. Charming, heartwarming, and faith-filled. It was amazing. <3 

This book truly is, as the back cover synopsis suggests, a 'deeply layered' novel. Besides the main plot (which is quite complicated in itself) there are several little subplots to add to the enjoyment. There are quite a few characters to keep straight (the list of brief bios in the front of the book helped with that though *wink*), oodles of different things going on, and yet it was never confusing. 

The characters... *happy sigh* Oh my goodness, don't even get me started. I already loved Anna, Bairn, and Felix from the first two books. And I really loved getting to know Tessa, Hans, Betsy, Caleb, and all the others. The family love, the humor and joshing, the warmth and whimsicalness of it all... I'm seriously wanting to move to Stoney Ridge right now. <3 

I honestly can't think of any complaints concerning the book. There was a fair amount of violence when there's talk of Indian massacres and the atrocities surrounding such brutal incidents. I was okay with it, but I would be careful recommending the book to someone younger than 13/14. 

I believe this is my favorite book of the series, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for other books by Suzanne Woods Fisher. A hearty 5 stars! 

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.** 

~ Click HERE to read my review of book-2, The Newcomer. A mini review with my thoughts on book-1, Anna's Crossing, can be found HERE. ~ 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SOS Trip 2017 // pt. one

Well, folks, it's finally happening. I've got the pictures uploaded and the stories typed. Here's the first part of my long ramble about my trip, now over a month since. It's random and probably longer than y'all wanted. Maybe no one's even reading this. But here it is, just in case. ;)


Saturday starting off by me getting up around 4:40 AM (before my alarm went off, of course...). We met up with the group (5 from our church + 2 others) and set out on our journey by 6:00. 

And...we sorta kinda arrived at the school where we would be staying before the set check-in time. *cough* We wasted as much time as we could in Chick-Fil-A and still got there 30 minutes early. :P (We were told that the 'prize' for being the first there was cleaning the bathrooms...thankfully that was a joke.) 

Everyone was really nice though, and let us go on in and drop our stuff in our rooms. Me, my Mom, and the two other gals with our group had one side of a third-grade classroom. After claiming our spots (and making sure we had outlets because #phonechargers), we had plenty of time to wander the grounds before the welcome rally, which was originally scheduled for 3:00. 

So we did. We wandered the halls of the school...found the gym, the boys' hall, the showers...sorta kinda set off a fire alarm *awkward coughing*...and then found out there had been a change of plans. 

The welcome rally was postponed until 8:00 (since a group that was traveling a long distance had not yet arrived), but the adults still had meetings to attend and, hey, everybody knows that 150 unchaperoned teens is not a good idea. So we were corralled into the gym and the guy scheduled to preach the following night during worship shared his testimony. 

After the meetings and all that broke up, we were dismissed to get supper. Our group went to Cracker Barrel because we're just that awesome. Later, me and the other girls got the bright idea to head out to the playground and act like the children we are at heart. So we did and it was quite fun. 

I mean, yeah, I did have to text Mom to come let us in (because those doors lock behind you, friends) but that's irrevelant. Totally irrevelant. 

All week there were these serious basketball games going on in the gym with mostly guy participants. Like...its hot enough, y'all. Just watching you makes me tired...and sweaty... 

Have I mentioned that that place has *the* prettiest sunsets I've ever seen in person? <3 <3 (You'll see many more such pictures, I can promise you.) 

Anywho, we got back, attended the rally, learned what was going on (I totally did not know before that XD), and got our orders for the next day. And played charades, laughed until our sides hurt (while Mom was trying to talk on the phone to Dad XP), and went to bed really late. 


Sunday was our first 'real' day – when we would wear yellow shirts, meet our crews, and meet the homeowners we would be serving that week. After everyone donned there bright yellow SOS t-shirts, we had breakfast at the church that served us two meals a day (dedicated people, y'all). We were told that we were the brightest group they'd ever had. "I didn't say the smartest, just the brightest", the guy joked, and everyone laughed because it was 7:00 in the morning and some of us probably weren't even sure why everyone was laughing. But we laughed. 

We returned to the school and gathered in the gym to meet our crews. Which...was kinda awkward for awhile as everyone sat or stood around and tried to get a feel for everyone else (at least that's what I did... :P) 

Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures on Sunday, but it was amazing. My crew of 11 teens + 3 adults got somewhat acquainted, attended church and Sunday school, ate lunch, met our homeowners, and we're back at the school by mid-afternoon. We had supper followed by a worship service at the aforementioned church that night, just like every other with the exception of Saturday and Wednesday. 

And we went back to Walmart. Because...actually, I don't know why we went. But we did...several nights that week, actually. One of the girls on our group got mistaken as a foreign exchange student (don't ask, because I really don't know how the security guard got that from their brief conversation but he did) and we bought coffee and UNO cards and returned to the school. 


Monday was when everything really set in. Getting up at 5:30 and going to the church for breakfast. Loading onto a bus with the crew, after the send-off rally, and driving to the jobsite. 

And it was a good day. It was pretty obvious right off that everyone on my crew was there for the right reasons. Not to goof off and let others carry the load, but to work hard for Christ's glory. 

Not only did we unload a trailer of supplies, and rip-up and re-shingle one whole end of the front of the roof (pictured above before work began), but we got done with that in time to rip up a strip across the top all the way down and put it back! And we still got back to the school before we were supposed to (4:00). Somebody called somebody who sent somebody and...yeah, we got let inside pretty quickly. Which meant first crew to the showers and no standing in line. Very important. XD 

A random picture of my very dirty jeans. It doesn't even do justice to how positively filthy I was. It's a good kind of dirty though, ya know? The kind that comes with a feeling of accomplishing something good for someone who appreciates it. <3 

I snuck a picture of my pretty momma while we were waiting for everyone to get together so we could head out for supper and worship. ^-^ At worship on Monday night, my crew's leader (who's also a pastor) gave the message. 

Oh, look. Three days in and Faith's stuff had already exploded into a messy mound. *beams* 


Oh, yes. Tuesday. An awesome day with lots of stories to tell. ;) On Monday night, Mom talked to Dad and he was like "tell Faith to take lots of pictures!" So on Tuesday, Faith (like the obedient daughter she is) took lots of pictures. Be thankful y'all are only getting about 1/3–1/4 of them. :P 

The house we worked at...with a crew member (also a gal from my youth group <3) photobombing. 

People unloading ladders...and people watching people unload ladders. *winks because I was apparently a watcher* 

On Tuesday, we took off the remaining old shingles on the front side of the house, which was mostly two valleys and the porch roof. 

When putting down the new shingles, the valleys had to be 'laced', so that made for slower growing, but also the chance to learn something new. (Okay, okay, so the whole concept of shingling a house was new to me, buuuttttt... :P) 

Tuesday was also the day that the incident began. #storytime 

Okay, so, the A/C was out at the house where we were working and it was HOT, y'all. So Tuesday morning, some guys came to work on it (actually, I think they replaced the entire unit, but that's irrelevant). And as they were leaving...they got stuck...in the yard. *points to below picture*

Someone brought this to our leader's attention and was like "um, they keep looking up here. I think they expect our help". Yeah, probably...but I think they were also wondering why a bunch of teenagers were on someone's roof. xD 

So after watching them only get themselves into a worse mess, the guys went down to help them try to push the truck out of the ruts they'd created...but that wasn't happening. Mr. John (our leader) said he guessed he'd "have to go pull them out". Only...it didn't happen that way. Instead, he too got stuck in the yard...before he even got to the other truck! 

A bit later, the wrecker the A/C people had called for arrived and Mr. John went down to ask if they would pull him out too. Quite the excitement! And there's more of that story to come. ;) 

Us girls got a break while the guys were helping with the trucks. ;D 

Guys on their phones... Ya know, just to break the 'girls are always on their phones' stereotype. 

Five people trying not to stroke-out from the heat. XD 

Muddy truck tires...and a blackmail picture. XD 

Tuesday afternoon, reinforcements were called in. The trailer was still in the – very wet – front yard. And since the truck got stuck without the trailer, Mr. John surely wasn't going to try to drive back into the yard to get the trailer out. So...someone came with a forklift. Drove in, hooked up to the trailer, pulled it halfway around the house, and...started spinning. The trailer was abandoned and the forklift left before another wrecker had to be called in. :P 

Tuesday we were...not the first ones back to the school. Probably more like the last, since at 4:00 (the earliest time we were supposed to return) we were still on the roof. :P 


Part two coming soon! Have you ever been on a trip of this sort? Did you enjoy the post? Was I too rambly? :P

In Christ, 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Notes in Our Hearts by Gabriellyn Gidman {Book Review}

~ Description 
Two generations, one song... 

~ My Rating 
5 stars

~ My Review 
Oh my goodness, what a sweet story!! <3 

I'm quite partial to stories that tie together WWII with contemporary, and The Notes in Our Hearts was no exception. Delightfully written, it was an amazing story of love and loss, heartache and hope. 

No matter the darkness we're in at times, God's will is always perfect, and one day we'll be able to look back and see the reasoning of it all. This short story showed that in a wonderful way. <3 

**I received an e-copy of this work from the author in exchange for my honest review.**

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Coronation by Olivia Lynn Jarmusch {Book Review + Blog Tour}

Happy Saturday, friends! 

Today I'm taking part in Olivia Jarmusch's blog tour for her new release, The Coronation, book one in the Tales of Tarsurella series. You can find out more about Olivia, discover her other published works, and follow her on various social media platforms through her blog: Livy Lynn

~ Description 

Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities. 

Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig. 

Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard? 

~ My Rating 
4 stars

~ My Review 

A delightful, faith-filled contemporary tale, gently woven with love and grace. If you enjoy stories of princesses and royalty, you won't want to miss the opportunity to travel to the land of Tarsurella! 

To be honest, I did not know what to think when I first started this book. Realizing it was 460 pages rather astounded me. I can't tell you the last time -- or if I ever have -- read a book of that length. Honestly, I was expecting to find 'filler' scenes that served no purpose other than to lengthen the book, but that was not the case. Every line of the book served a purpose, even if it was only for the reader to grow in understanding of the characters. 

Which brings me to my main point. The people. Holy moley, y'all, this book has a TON of characters. As I sat down to outline my thoughts for this review, I think I counted 28 named characters...and at least 13 of those had a POV at some time or another. Yeah...a lot to keep straight. But surprisingly, it wasn't that difficult, as there were no similar names and all the personalities were quite diverse. 

The King was a strong, godly man, and a wonderful mentor and head of the home. His conversations with Addison surrounding the conversation were amazing. <3 
Addison was a nice, young fellow. His struggles with beginning to reign and having people depending on him were sooo good and well-written, I thought. 
Chasity and Hope were my favorites of the princesses. I enjoyed their stories, and related to their inner-struggles over Hanson and David. The theme of guarding your heart and trusting God were wonderful. <3 
Others of the Royal family were Bridget, Asher, Jillian, Willie (<3 <3), and Millie. And Mr. Pork Chops! ("Hold onto your bacon." *dies*) 
Hanson, Vanessa, and Liam were all characters that I liked and then didn't like...or didn't like and then liked. :P All for different reasons, and they're all pretty awesome. 
Clark was another wonderful one, as well as Deborah. I loved their commitment and loyalty to the family. <3 
Lilly and Sapphire annoyed me to no end. Particularly Lilly, as she led one guy on and dated another. Bleh. 
Kennetic Energy (an American pop/rock band) was a cool addition to the cast of the book. David was my obvious favorite (there's something with that name and nice, fictional guys... <3), but Laney, Justin, and Zac were pretty cool too. ("Yeah, well I'm not going to eat your lipstick."   "We can't just sit here and argue about breath mints!") 

My favorite parts of the book were the closeness of the family, the sibling-love, and the themes of guarding your heart and forgiveness. The analogy of tears being turned to diamonds through trials was beautiful as well. <3 

One thing I didn't really care for was Bridget's outburst of "life stinks and we can't do anything about it." We serve a risen King...how can we be miserable with that knowledge? Yeah, people are going to hurt us and things aren't always going to go the way we want them to, but we have the ultimate victory through Christ. I realize she was having a hard time right then and, although I liked how Addison handled it, I felt he could've been a bit more encouraging and uplifting (unless I just missed that part somehow :P). 

The many POV swaps and 'head-hopping' bothered me at times, but overall I was able to move through it without getting distracted. 

There was something that happened near the end of the book, that I didn't exactly agree with, but I can't say much for fear of spoilers. ;) 

All the way around, it was a fun, amazingly-written book, filled with whimsy, humor, and family love. Four stars! 

Favorite quotes: 

"Don't waste your time dating young paupers who don't know how to properly cherish your heart. ... Wait for the man that God has for you! Wait for a true Prince! ... Until then, be content to rest in your single hood, and search God with all of your heart." 

"Nobody had to teach you how to love. But someone taught you how to be afraid. ... You're His daughter, Bridget. He created your heart, and He is more than able to heal it." 

**I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 

Friday, July 7, 2017

True to You by Becky Wade {Book Review}

~ Description 

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. 

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another. 

~ My Rating 
4 stars 

~ My Review 

True to You was a delightful and fun contemporary. I've always enjoyed the 'person-searching-for-their-biological-mother/father/parents' storyline, and this one certainly did not disappoint. 

After reading the prequel novella to the Bradford Sisters Romance series (Then Came You), I knew I would want to read the rest of the series. So when True to You came available through Bethany House, I grabbed it. I didn't get to read it right away, but when I did, I was immediately pulled into the story. 

Nora and John were both unique characters. It wasn't like "oh, they're like so-and-so from that other book". They were their own people. 
Nora is a genealogist and historical village owner (how cool is that, y'all?) who spends her free time watching her favorite British TV series, reading books, and consuming cartons of ice cream. She 'dresses like a librarian', steers clear of her ex-fiancĂ©, and tells herself she's content with her life as it is... But she's not. 
John is a retired Navy SEAL, who now owns his own business. He's serious and focused, knowing exactly how his life will play out. Until...he gets a startling diagnosis that rocks his world. Now on the search for his biological mother, he enlists the help of one Ms. Nora Bradford...and things pick up speed from there. 

So, yup. *nods* This book was amazing. Aside from the main characters, I LOVED the relationships between Nora and her sisters, and John and his adoptive parents. Also the grandmother...in her mink coat. She was hilarious. ;) 

There was a few things in the book that I didn't care for, resulting in the dropping of one star. *minor spoilers throughout* 
First, all the kissing. mean, they kissed...multiple times...on their first date? Really?! Yeah, I didn't really care for that. Not okay. 
Also, the character of Nora's employee Nikki. She flirted shamelessly with any man she happened to meet...which really annoyed me. I think her character could have still had the same effect, even if that had been toned down a bit. I didn't particularly appreciate some of her remarks. 
Another thing. I wouldn't knock off a star for this, but it did make me go "whaaaa?" When their baking...and he smears sugar on her face...and then kisses it off. Am I the only one who was slightly grossed out by that? XD
*end of spoilers* 

All the way around, I super enjoyed this story. Can't wait to read more in the series! :D *is legit dying for Britt's story* 

**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.** 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day {2017}

Happy Independence Day, friends!! 

I wanted to post something good for the today. Something inspiring and patriotic, like a short-story or at least a poem. But unfortunately, I have had no inspiration to write much of anything for the last few weeks. :P 

So...y'all are getting some of my favorite patriotic songs and Bible verses. Enjoy... :) 

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
~ Galatians 5:13 KJV

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." 
~ Psalms 33:12 KJV 

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”
~ 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 KJV

God bless America! <3 

To anyone who was wondering, yes, I survived the trip. A post about will be up sometime soon. ;) 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Place Called Lonesome by Jesseca Wheaton {Book Review}

** This post has been scheduled ahead of time. I'm leaving today for a trip, and I'll be back next week. :D ** 

~ Description 

All seems lost for a wounded soldier left behind on Utah beach after the Normandy invasion. As he gives up all hope for a rescue and resigns himself to never making it off the sand, a touch on his shoulder startles him.
Is it possible that help can come from a man who is his enemy? And just where are the hardest battles of the war fought?

A short story, about 3,000 words.

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

Ahh, what a beautiful short story! <3 A Place Called Lonesome is a tale of a man who's been left behind. The one you would be least likely to expect comes to his aid and shows him mercy. It's sweet and sad, heartbreaking and beautiful. 

The ending was probably my favorite, coming in close behind the chat between the guys. How good can shine through the darkness, and broken hearts be mended... *hugs the story and all the charries* 

Amazing! <3 Definitely recommended! 

Favorite quotes... 

"We're not all heartless animals, you know. Some of us do have a soul...and a conscience." 

A promise that even when all seems to be lost, God steps in, and makes a mess into His beautiful masterpiece. 

**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis {Book Review}

~ Description 

When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter's nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Sallie has long dreamed of seeing more of the world, but her parents are reluctant for her to put off baptism yet another summer, and the timing is unfortunate for Perry Zook, who has renewed interest in courting her. 

Though she loves nannying, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Kevin Kreider, a marine biology student who talks freely about all he's learning and asks about her interests, unlike most of the guys she grew up with. Time with Kevin is invigorating, and Sallie realizes she's never felt quite this alive around Perry. Then again, Kevin is Mennonite, not Amish. 

Sallie tries to brush aside her growing feelings for Kevin, but she fears what her parents would think about her new friendship. Just as concerning, however, is Sallie's realization that her time in Cape May is increasing her desire to see the world, challenging her plans for the future. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will Sallie only find what her heart is longing for back home in Paradise Township? 

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

This book was utterly delightful. Uplifting and beautiful and soul-touching. I don't even know where to begin this review. 

How about we start with what you see first? The cover. The beachy, summery, oceany, amazing cover. (And no, I did not just make half of those words up.) It is sooo beautiful!! If you know me, you know that I have a love of book covers. But this one is exceptionally lovely. 

The plot was quite wonderful, not the typical Amish story, and I really liked it. I wasn't sure that I was going to like it that much at first, but I ended up adoring the Autumn and all of the Logan family. 

The characters were sooo great, realistic, and well-rounded. Sallie was sweet and charming. ('Cute' too, as Kevin so dearly pointed out. <3) Autumn was spunky and lovable. Kevin was just...a wonderful guy and I liked him (and *cough* totally didn't ship them *cough*) from the start. And Sallie's dad! Aww, he was just a dear! I totally soaked up his and Sallie's heart-to-hearts. <3 

Autumn and Sallie had me chuckling several times, and then smiling over their sweet chats about life and mostly baby Connor. I really enjoyed reading about their relationship. :D 

Before reading this book, I'd never really considered that I may enjoy marine biology and oceanography. But learning about different fish and ocean life through Sallie and Kevin's talks and explorations was quite fun! 

The theme of waiting on God really struck home with me. I nearly cried reading about Sallie's journey. It definitely touched my heart and gave me encouragement in areas where I needed it. The way our God can use fictional stories to touch hearts is absolutely incredible. <3 

All the way around, this was a beautiful, lovely story. Definitely a favorite of mine, and one I would recommend. 5 stars, all the way!! :) 

**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.** 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sisters in Christ ~ Karyssa N. ~ June 2017

Well, we kind of took an intentional break from the Sisters in Christ series last month, but... it's back today. :D 

This month's special guest is Karyssa from No Coffee, No Can Do. (She has a super cool blog, and you should totally go check it out...after you finish this post, that is. :P) 

Welcome to the blog, girl! Go ahead and introduce yourself to the readers. :D 

Hey, everyone! I'm Karyssa, a nineteen year old Christian girl striving to be more like Jesus each and every day. I'm a homeschool graduate, and when I'm not working, I can be found writing, reading, walking, running, or spending time with my family and friends. I absolutely love the outdoors. I really like to go/see new places (as long as I don't get lost). And, last but not least, I'm a lover of smiles and laughter.

Alright, let's start with blogging. What inspired you to start a blog?
Well, I love to write and blogging is another way I can practice my writing. I also wanted to connect with other writers because I believe that every writer needs encouragement. And this way, I can give and receive that encouragement, along with help, tips, and advice.

Did you read other blogs before starting your own, or was starting a blog what thrust you into this amazing world we call The Blogospere?
I actually read blogs before starting my own. I started reading blogs in March last year (2016). It only took me a couple of weeks to begin thinking about starting my own blog, but I wasn't sure. I thought it would be fun, but I didn't know anything about the blogging world and didn't think I'd be able to do it. Finally, at the end of October, I decided that I was going to start one of my own. So I set it up and posted my first blog post this past January. :)

How did you find my blog(s)?
Oh, goodness. Let's see if I can think back that far (far meaning five months ago :P). Well, it all started on Goodreads. A lot of my friends were liking your updates, so they kept showing up. I thought, "Faith seems like a really nice girl". So, I checked out your profile to find that you had a blog! That one was Stories by Firefly, and from there, I found Chosen Vessels. :)

Haha, cool! I remember becoming friends on GR, and then getting to know you through the NaNo makeup chat. ;) 

Next up, let's talk about our shared faith. What is your favorite Bible verse, chapter, and book? Why?
My favorite Bible verse: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 I like this one because it's really hard to gain my trust, and this reminds me that I can trust God. And He will never let me down.
Favorite chapter: I actually never thought about it until now. But I guess it might be John 19, because, if you remember, it tells about Jesus dying on the cross.
Favorite book: Is probably Proverbs. It's not a really long one, but it has so. much. wisdom in it. And I just find that I learn a lot when I read that book.

What Bible verse(s) have really helped you through some rough times?
Oh that's a good question. I'd have to say these two:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

"He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"
 Micah 6:8 (NKJV)

What is one event in your life that really strengthened your Christian walk?
I don't know that it's necessarily an event, I think it's more the people in my life. In my nineteen years, I've had a lot of people come into my life, and a lot who've left. Actually, it's more like people will come into my life, stay for x amount of time, and then leave. But that's life. People are going to come, and some are going to go. I learn a lot from each person and I feel like I'm closer to God afterwards. :)

Any Bible reading tips?
Don't be afraid to mark your Bible. Underline and/or highlight things. Use bookmarks. It's been almost a year since my dad gave me a Bible that he marked from Genesis all the way to Revelations. There are six colors, and each one is for something different. Personally, I think that marking your Bible is all part of the Bible study process, but I understand that not everyone agrees with me there. And that's okay. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I respect that. :)

And... Reading and writing. On a scale of 1-10, how much of a reader would you consider yourself? What about a writer?
Oh, let's see... I'd give reading a 2 and writing a 1. Just kidding! I love reading and writing way to much for it to be that low. I guess I'd probably say an 8 for both of them. Maybe a 9? I don't know, someone answer for me!

Where's your favorite place to read and/or write?
My favorite place to read is probably my room. I almost never read anywhere else. But, more than likely, that will change once it gets warmer, because then I'll be outside more. As for writing, my favorite place is the living room. I have a little space, out of the way, where I can spread my things out. Both places are on the floor though. For some reason, I prefer to sit on the floor.

I like sitting on the floor at times too...or otherwise sitting in weird positions. :P 

What's your favorite author(s)? Favorite books by them?
Oh, favorite authors! I can do this one! :) C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia is my favorite by him. "Mere Christianity" is another good one by Lewis. Karen Whitemeyer and her book "Short-Straw Bride." And lastly, Tricia Mingerink. She is one of my new favorite authors and I absolutely love her series the "Blades of Acktar." 

What are some books that really impacted your young life?
No, this question is not allowed! I'm not even sure I can remember back that far ... Fine, hold on. *goes to look at book shelves* Okay, I'm going to say the Danny Orlis series by Bernard Palmer and the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. I haven't read all the books in these series but I've read a lot. Danny Orlis is a pretty old series so I don't expect you to be familiar with it. You may have heard of Nancy Drew though. I looved Nancy Drew when I was younger, and I have like, two shelves of those books.

The random questions to close us out... If you had to use one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
Okay, this is by far, the hardest question so far. I hate being asked this question because I have yet to find one word that describes me. But at the same time, I like it because it makes you think about yourself. And I don't mean that in a bad way. What I mean is that it makes you think about how you come across to others. What are others seeing in you?
So I asked my sister to answer this question for me, and she said that if she were to describe me to someone who didn't know me, she would say sporty/outdoorsy/bookworm. That's actually pretty accurate. :P Now, when I think about myself, the first word that comes to mind is "crazy". There are quite a few words that people would use to describe me, but I have yet to find that one word. If someone thinks of it, please tell me!

Any pet peeves?
Haha, where to start? No, there really isn't that many. So, my pet peeves. I do not. like. loud. chewing. It's really annoying. If I know it's not going to be rude or anything, I'll put my earbuds in and listen to music to block it out. I don't like inconsistencies in book series and books that are made into movies. I'll be the first person to say, "That's not how it was in the book!" or "His eyes are supposed to be green! Not blue! Get rid of that actor, he's not qualified!" And, oh my word, you may think this is weird, but it bothers me when people put the toilet paper on the holder thingy... backwards! It only takes like, three additional seconds to put it on correctly.

Favorite songs?
Oh my goodness, I have soo many! I absolutely love music! Personally, I think that if you really do love music, you won't have just one favorite song, you're going to have many. And, one thing about me is, my taste in music is kinda weird. What I mean by that is, I like everything, except the songs I don't like. I can like one or two songs by a band, but then hate all the others by them. I know, I don't understand it either. :P So here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:
"Tell Your Heart to Beat Again" by Danny Gokey
"Stars" by Skillet
"Sold Out" and "Faithful" by Hawk Nelson
"Sparrows" by Jason Gray
"Soul on Fire" by Third Day
"As the Deer" (I think this one is an older hymn)
Obviously, these are just a few of them. I could go on and on, but then we'd be here all day. ;)

Thank you so much for having me, Faith! These questions were great and I had a really fun time answering them. :)

Thank you for coming over, Karyssa! :D I so enjoyed it! 


Thanks for reading everyone! Be a dear and leave us a comment. ;) 


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